Well, maybe not so different, its still a book review, but Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, is unlike any book you’ve read before. I believe I became aware of this book through my college alumni magazine. Kenyon College seems to be producing quite a few best selling authors lately, including, John Green (Fault in Our Stars) and Laura Hillenbrand (Unbroken) – I highly recommend their books as well. My older son read Unbroken when he was 14 and really enjoyed it. Its an amazing book.
Ok, back to the peculiar children. What makes this book so unique is that the author is a collector of old photographs…. bizarre old photographs (notice the girl appears to be floating on the cover of the book), and he based his story on these photographs which are included in the book. The main character, Jacob, is a 16 year old boy, who grew up listening to his grandfather’s ‘monster’ stories and after his grandfather’s strange death, he starts to think they might be true. Jacob heads to Wales with his father and finds the hidden world his grandfather was always talking about… and its in danger. We read this together, along with the second book in the series, Hollow City, and plan on buying the third book, Library of Souls, as soon as it becomes available in September. Tim Burton is directing the movie version of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and its expected to be out in March 2016.